Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste

Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste

by Gail Omvedt


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Omvedt (Nehru Memorial Museum) has written widely about the condition of dalits and women in India. As part of a larger project to identify and assemble the thought and writings of major intellectuals in India's anti-caste movement, she discusses the contributions of Buddhists in the past and present. In the course, she reveals much of the Buddhist history of India that even many Indians are not aware of. She writes for general English-speakers in India and elsewhere. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788132110286
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/02/2014
Series: SAGE Classics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Gail Omvedt has been living in India since 1978, became an Indian citizen in 1983, and works as a freelance writer and development consultant. She has also worked actively with various social movements including the Dalit and anti-caste movements, farmers’ movements, environmental movement and especially with rural women.

Besides having undertaken many research projects, Dr Omvedt has been a consultant for FAO, UNDP and NOVIB and has served as a Dr Ambedkar Chair Professor at NISWASS in Orissa, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pune and an Asian Guest Professor at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Research Director of the Krantivir Trust.

A prolific writer, Gail Omvedt has published a large number of books including Dalit Visions (1975), Violence against Women: New Theories and New Movements in India (1991) and Dalits and Democractic Revolution (1994) besides having translated Growing up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography. She is currently engaged in translating Tukaram, considered to be the greatest Marathi writer of all time.

Table of Contents

Reconstructing the World
The Background to Buddhism
The Dhamma
The Basic Teachings of Buddhism
Transitoriness and Transformations
Buddhist Civilisation
The Defeat of Buddhism in India
After Buddhism
The Bhakti Movements
Colonial Challenges, Indian Responses and Buddhist Revival
Navayana Buddhism and the Modern Age

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